Repacking Portlandia

America’s most urban planning-obsessed city is about to get a lot more urban

A Liberty Ship — the SS William Clark — being launched from Oregon Shipbuilding Corp, 1942. Image via kaiserpermanentehistory.org
A few of the sites where major apartment projects are being constructed. Image via oregonbusiness.com
Accessory Dwelling Units, which can be anything from basement conversions to tiny outbuildings like this, are abundant in Portland, largely because of recent changes in regulation. Image (cc) via Flickr user Tammy Strobel
The Hassalo on Eighth under construction, with the temporarily closed NE 7th MAX station in the foreground. Photo by Flickr user ProTram, used with permission.
The Lloyd District is a section of Northeast Portland that was heavily redeveloped in the 1960s in an attempt to create a “second downtown” across the river from the city center. An entrance to the Lloyd Mall is in the upper right corner; the Hassalo on Eighth is being constructed on the large L-shaped series of parking lots and structures between NE 7th and NE 9th.
The Fair-Haired Dumbbell.
Block 67 at street level. Rendering by Skylab Architecture, via skyscraperpage.com.
Residents of Division Street’s “Breakfast House”, protesting an eviction notice.
via The Oregonian

The fact is, Portland’s had this wave of construction coming for some time.

Writer and UX strategist. Co-founder of Protagonist Studio. Obsessed with design’s hidden consequences. Living in Amsterdam, with my heart in the PacNW.

Writer and UX strategist. Co-founder of Protagonist Studio. Obsessed with design’s hidden consequences. Living in Amsterdam, with my heart in the PacNW.